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Wearables Alone Won't Motivate Changes in Health Behavior

January 12, 2015 10:14 am | by Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania | Comments

New Year’s weight loss resolutions are in full swing, but despite all the hype about the latest wearable tracking devices, there’s little evidence that this technology alone can change behavior and improve health for those that need it most...

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Patient Able to Leave Hospital Wearing Artificial Heart

January 12, 2015 9:50 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center has sent home a patient with a total artificial heart, a first in heart care in Michigan. The Freedom Driver, a portable 13-pound device designed to help patients at risk...

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Capsugel Acquires Ionic Liquid Drug Delivery Technology

January 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Monash University | Comments

A novel drug delivery technology, developed by researchers at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), has been acquired by Capsugel, a global leader in innovative dose-form development. Monash University and Capsugel announced...

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A New Way to Detect Genetic Conditions in IVF Embryos

January 9, 2015 11:58 am | by University of Kent | Comments

New research at the University of Kent has identified karyomapping as a viable and cost-effective method of detecting a wide range of genetic diseases in IVF embryos. The current method, which involves the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis...

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Functional Tissue-Engineered Intestine Grown from Stem Cells

January 9, 2015 11:30 am | by Childrens Hospital Los Angeles | Comments

A new study by researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has shown that tissue-engineered small intestine grown from human cells replicates key aspects of a functioning human intestine. The tissue-engineered small intestine they developed...

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FDA Approves Blood Screening Assay for HIV, HCV, and HBV

January 9, 2015 11:13 am | by Roche | Comments

Roche announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the cobas TaqScreen MPX Test, v2.0 for use in the detection and identification of HIV, HCV, and HBV in donations of human whole blood and blood components...

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Spinal Cord Implant Mimics Living Tissue

January 9, 2015 10:36 am | by École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

EPFL scientists have managed to get rats walking on their own again using a combination of electrical and chemical stimulation. But applying this method to humans would require multifunctional implants that could be installed for long periods of...

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FDA Approves Fetal Monitoring System that Allows Freedom of Movement During Labor

January 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Philips | Comments

Royal Philips today announced that it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S.A. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Avalon CL Fetal Monitoring solution (Avalon CL). The solution provides consistent monitoring of the... 

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Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloon Approved for Peripheral Arterial Disease Patients

January 9, 2015 9:27 am | by Covidien | Comments

Covidien plc today announced it has received CE Mark approval for its Stellarex drug-coated angioplasty balloon (DCB). The Stellarex DCB is used to restore and maintain blood flow to the arteries of the leg in patients with peripheral arterial...

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Critical-Care Transport Helicopter Simulator Trains Flight Nurses

January 9, 2015 9:17 am | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

Acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) students, specializing in flight nursing at Case Western Reserve University, will soon be training in the nation’s first state-of-the-art simulator built in an actual helicopter. The simulator creates the...

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Photos of the Day: 5 Innovative Healthcare Devices Featured at CES 2015

January 8, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

While the Internet of Things seems to be all the rage (and dominating almost all of the news) at CES 2015, there are still plenty of other areas that warrant attention. Of course, my interest is on the medtech and health-related devices that are being...

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Agency Aims to Guard Infusion Pumps against Cyberthreats

January 8, 2015 11:28 am | by AAMI | Comments

Citing new risks and vulnerabilities involving medical devices, a center within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking public feedback on a draft document that examines how to address cybersecurity challenges related...

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A Smartphone App that Measures Ebola Risk

January 8, 2015 11:19 am | by University of Kansas | Comments

Within six months, your iPhone or Android mobile device could supply a real-time estimate of your likelihood of contact with the deadly Ebola virus. To create the digital tool, researchers at the University of Kansas recently won a rapid-response...

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Backpacking Cells to Target Inflammation

January 8, 2015 11:00 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | Comments

Inflammation is a normal and often beneficial response to injury or infection. The swelling, heat and even pain are the body's attempts to protect its soft tissue, remove offending objects, substances or microbes and initiate healing. However...

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Can the Liver Help Cure Diabetes?

January 8, 2015 10:53 am | by Max Delbrueck Center fior Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch | Comments

Diabetes researcher Dr. Francesca Spagnoli of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch has been awarded an extra research grant from the European Research Council (ERC). This Proof-of-Concept (PoC) grant is endowed...

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